Gennum Unveils Industry’s Most Robust, Long-Reach Equalizer for Broadcast Video Market

April 5, 2011

Next-Generation Adaptive Cable EQs Provide Cable Reach Beyond 200
Meters, Best-in-Class Density and Simplify Connector Options

BURLINGTON, ON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ – Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND), a global
leader in advanced signal integrity solutions for the broadcast video
industry, today announced the addition of three new, next-generation
3Gb/s adaptive cable equalizers (EQs) to its innovative portfolio of
broadcast solutions. Leveraging Gennum’s leadership in adaptive cable
EQ technology, the new GS3440 and its dual-output variant, the GS3441,
uniquely combine the industry’s longest reach with unprecedented jitter
performance, while the new GS3442 high-density adaptive EQ is optimized
for use in high-density multilane environments. All three solutions
help to simplify the design and installation of broadcast systems.
Gennum’s full range of broadcast video solutions will be demonstrated
in booth (#N5823) at the NAB 2011 show, April 11-14 in Las Vegas.

Gennum’s end-to-end expertise in modern broadcast systems results in
performance-tested products that support the most demanding real-world
scenarios. For example, as broadcasting applications–and the equipment
required to run them–continue to proliferate, system designers are
faced with many new challenges such as fitting more equipment into
existing spaces, utilizing alternative connectors and thinner cables
with more loss, or placing new equipment at longer distances. Gennum’s
new EQs meet both approaches to this challenge. The industry-leading
reach and jitter performance of the new GS3440 and GS3441 deliver
3Gb/s, HD and SD video with outstanding signal integrity at extended
distances, giving designers of broadcast systems greater flexibility in
facilities design. The GS3442 high-density EQ is the optimal choice for
multi-channel applications that utilize next-generation high-density
connectors. Historically, high density, multichannel designs have
resulted in an increase in signal interference known as crosstalk, the
GS3442 minimizes crosstalk impact, giving broadcast equipment and
system designers even more flexibility.

“Gennum’s deep understanding of our customers’ needs and applications
puts us in a unique position to tackle the most demanding challenges in
the broadcast video market,” said Bharat Tailor, Director of Video
Marketing for Gennum. “The long-reach performance of the new GS3440 and
GS3441 and the high-density features of the new GS3442 grew out of the
need for solutions that enable our customers to deliver
industry-leading performance in real-world designs.”

Industry’s Longest-reach adaptive cable EQs
The GS3440′s high-speed, low-power integrated circuit design equalizes
and restores signals received over 75 ohm coaxial cable, delivering
brilliant 3Gb/s images at distances beyond 200 meters. Designed for use
in video routers and distribution amplifiers, the GS3440 helps meet the
rigorous performance standards of today’s broadcast applications while
enabling equipment designers to specify longer maximum cable lengths
for their systems. This increased flexibility expands functionality and
simplifies design and installation issues for end users. Each of the
devices is drop-in compatible with all of the EQs in Gennum’s 3Gb/s
equalizer family.

Offering automatic cable equalization and the best jitter compensation
currently available in an extended-reach EQ, the GS3440 supports SMPTE
ST 424, SMPTE ST 292 and SMPTE ST 259 coaxial cable serial digital
interfaces and is optimized for performance at transmission rates of
270Mb/s, 1.485Gb/s and 2.97Gb/s.

Identical in performance to the GS3440, the new long-reach GS 3441 EQ
adds an additional output, allowing for even greater flexibility in
system design. In a router application, for example, the extra output
can be used to drive additional or redundant crosspoint inputs without
the need for additional components such as buffers, multiplexers or
selectors. It could also be used to monitor an incoming source, again,
minimizing the need for additional components. In both instances, the
additional output reduces total system power, reduces cost and improves
system jitter considerations, simplifying design.

High-density EQ for the latest connector technologies
Leveraging Gennum’s unique understanding of customer applications, the
new GS3442 high-density adaptive EQ was developed to address the need
for an EQ that offers exceptional performance in high-density,
multilane environments. The GS3442 is optimized for use with the latest
generation of BNC connector options including HD-BNC, DIN 1.0/2.3 and
Mini BNC connectors. The GS3442′s low sensitivity to crosstalk also
makes it an ideal choice for high-density connector solutions such as
FCI Densishield(TM). It is designed to support SMPTE ST 424, SMPTE ST 292
and SMPTE ST 259, and is optimized for performance at 270Mb/s,
1.485Gb/s and 2.97Gb/s.

Solutions on display at NAB 2011
Gennum’s industry-leading portfolio of SDI broadcast video solutions
will be on display in booth #N5823 at NAB 2011. The demonstrations will
include the GS3440 long-reach adaptive equalizer, showcasing its
ability to maintain outstanding signal integrity in several real-world
applications including 3Gb/s/HD signals, long cable lengths, long trace
lengths, intermediate board connectors and utilizing a variety of
widely-available cabling and connector solutions. In addition, a
demonstration of high-density, multipin interconnect video distribution
solutions will use Gennum’s new GS3442 high-density adaptive equalizer
and GS2988 cable driver to illustrate bit error free transmission using
pathological test signals of 3Gb/s SDI across common multi-pin,
high-density interconnects.

The GS3440 long-reach adaptive equalizer and its dual-output GS3441
variant are scheduled to sample in September of 2011 with initial
production planned in 1Q 2012. The GS3442 is scheduled to sample July
of 2011 with initial production planned in 4Q 2011.

About Gennum
Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND) designs innovative semiconductor solutions
and intellectual property (IP) cores to serve the rising global demand
for high-speed data transmission products in the broadcast, networking,
storage and telecommunications markets. Gennum offers proven optical,
analog and mixed-signal solutions with uncompromising signal integrity
to support standards such as high-definition (HD) video, Fibre Channel,
InfiniBand®, Ethernet, SONET and PCI Express®. The company is
headquartered in Burlington, Canada, and has global design, research
and development and sales offices in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany,
United States, Taiwan, India and the United Kingdom. www.gennum.com.

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owners. Copyright Gennum Corporation, 2011.

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